1-2 January 2019 Current Affairs

25th High Court of India | New Brazilian President | New head of FedEx | Mrinal Sen |

Posted on Jan 02, 2019 01:32 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) Which High Court came into existence on 1 January 2019 and thus became the 25th High Court of India? – Andhra Pradesh High Court

Explanation: The Andhra Pradesh High Court at the newly formed capital Amaravati came into existence from 1 January 2019. On the other hand the bifurcated High Court of Telangana also came into existence as a separate entity on the same date. Justice T B.N. Radhakrishnan was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court. Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan administered oath of office to him. 

- The Governor administered oath to Justice C. Praveen Kumar as the new acting chief justice of the Andhra Pradesh high court on the same day. With this the erstwhile Hyderabad High Court ceased to exist.

- Telangana High Court thus became the 25th High Court of India. It is worth mentioning that the advocates and legal fraternity have been demanding separate high court for Telangana ever since the separate state was carved out in 2014. However, the things moved fast after Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu gave in writing that the High Court in his state Capital, Amaravati will be readied by 31 December 2018.

- The Supreme Court had directed the Centre to bifurcate the existing high court in Hyderabad. As per the notification, 12 judges, over 360 district and civil judges have been allotted to the new Telangana state.

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2) Who took over as the new President of Brazil on 1 January 2019 replacing Michel Temer? - Jair Bolsonaro

Explanation: Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician vowing a crackdown on crime and corruption, was sworn-in as Brazil’s new president in front of Congress in capital Brasilia on 1 January 2019.

- He took over from deeply unpopular centre-right president Michel Temer, who was effectively a caretaker figure following the impeachment of leftist leader Dilma Rousseff, booted from office in 2016 for fiddling the government books.

- 63-year old Bolsonaro is a former para-trooper and congressman for the past 27 years. He is the 38 President of Brazil and will have 4-year term.

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3) What is the name of the Indian-American who took over as the President and CEO of multinational courier behemoth FedEx Express (FedEx) on 1 January 2019? - Rajesh Subramaniam

Explanation: Indian-American Rajesh Subramaniam on 1 January 2019 took over as the new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of US multinational courier delivery giant FedEx Express. He was till now the Executive Vice President, chief marketing and communications officer of the company.

- Subramaniam, an IIT-Bombay graduate from Thiruvananthapuram, has been with FedEx for more than 27 years. He has held various executive-level positions in the company. He replaced David L Cunningham.

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4) Renowned filmmaker Mrinal Sen passed away at his Kolkata residence on 30 December 2018. In which year he was bestowed the Dada Saheb Phalke Award? – 2005

Explanation: Mrinal Sen, one of the towering figures of Indian cinema, passed away in the morning of 30 December 2018 at his south Kolkata residence. He was 95.

- Last of the triumvirate of legendary filmmakers from West Bengal comprising Satyajit Ray and Ritwick Ghatak, Mrinal Sen was recipient of various awards including Dada Saheb Phalke award in 2005.

- Some of his well-known works include ‘Aakash Kusum’ (1965), ‘Bhuvan Shome’ (1969), ‘Calcutta 71’ and ‘Interview’ (1971), ‘Khandhar’ (1974), ‘Chorus’ (1975), ‘Mrigaya’ (1977), ‘Akaler Sandhane’ (1981) and ‘Ek Din Achanak’ (1989). ‘Aamar Bhuwan’ (2002) was his last feature film.

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